It’s Pushy here today and I’m RIDICULOUSLY thrilled to be hosting
the final stop on the Loki’s Wolves tour!!
Today, Melissa Marr stops by to discuss Loki, the Trickster God!
First off, here’s a short quote from the book to set the scene:
The lighter clicked off, so they couldn’t see each other again. Laurie was glad they couldn’t see the shock on her face. Loki? The god Loki? From the myths? She pinched her arm to make sure this wasn’t like her weird fish dream. It hurt, but she was definitely awake — and apparently the only one surprised that their ancestors were real gods.
– Loki’s Wolves, page 119
And now, without any further ado, here’s Melissa:
Pushy: Melissa, thank you so much for joining us today!! What about Norse mythology and Loki in particular drew you and Kelley to it/him as a topic for this project?
Melissa: My husband & eldest two children are of Norwegian descent (complete with a surname that people misspell & mispronounce constantly. When Loch & I married, I suddenly had a 4yr old daughter with folklore & myth history that I didn’t know as well as Irish and Scottish lore, so it became a mission to learn their cultural lore so as not to neglect that part of their heritage. I’ve always intended to write a Norse story (and one of my first short stories was a “name of the builder” troll story). So when Kelley & I decided to co-author and started talking about ideas, I thought back to my Norse desires. She does awesome action (& is a video game addict), so she was the perfect choice to work with lore that’s filled with action. Plus, we had the shared history of writing our first YA novels for our daughters and were now in need of writing a book for our sons. It all fell together perfectly.
Pushy: Fen and Laurie, indeed the whole Brekke family, are descended from Loki. What aspects of the Trickster god are most prevalent in the Brekkes in general and in Fen and Laurie in particular? Do all Brekkes share the same traits from Loki or does it vary from person to person?
Melissa: You’re wandering into spoiler territory here! I can say that the descendants of a god don’t all share the same traits. I’d suppose it’s similar to any genetic variation. For example, my oldest two children both have some of their father’s traits. Asia is athletic and musically inclined, and Dylan is very logical and craves facts. Their father has all of those traits. Since the characters in Blackwell are humans like us, their genetics would not result in the precise same traits. In the first book, we see that Laurie is a gifted in verbal manipulation, whereas Fen is attracted to mischief and trouble. Beyond that, I’m going to invoke the “no spoilers” rule.
Pushy: What would Fen and Laurie say is the best part about being descended from Loki? What about the worst part?
Melissa: At the start of the series, Laurie has no idea of her heritage, so she wouldn’t say much. Unless family members demonstrate one particular trait of Loki’s, shape shifting, they are kept oblivious to their heritage. Fen enjoys the freedom he feels in his alternate shape, but he hates that the ruling family in town–descended from Thor—thinks that all the Brekkes are bad news. He’s been raised to know to stay clear of Thorsens, as well as taught to keep the family secrets. Being able to do this sort of amazing thing but NOT being allowed to announce it (especially to Thorsens!) frustrates him. Hmm. Actually, rules, in general, bother him.
Wednesday, May 8 – Mundie Kids featuring Odin
Thursday, May 9 – Novel Thoughts featuring Thor
Friday, May 10 – Charlotte’s Library featuring Freya